Vettel gets No. 3 at Monaco
MONACO — Sebastian Vettel beat his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen to win the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday and comfortably extend his lead at the top of the standings to 25 points.
It was the four-time F1 champion’s third win of the season and 45th of his career, as well as Ferrari’s first in Monaco since Michael Schumacher — Vettel’s childhood idol — in 2001.
“Unbelievable. It was a very tense race,” Vettel said. “It’s very, very special to win here. We’re going to have a very fun night.”
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo finished third, ahead of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas.
It was a bad weekend for Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton — who is second behind Vettel in the standings — finishing seventh after starting from 13th following a poor qualifying session.
Vettel thanked his team in Italian after crossing the finish line with sunshine gleaming off the famed red of Ferrari. As the German national anthem played, Vettel stood atop the podium with his eyes closed as he sang along. “Monaco’s always something special, a lot of attention, a lot of people, a lot of support,” he said. “With the season we’ve had, the Ferrari fans and the Ferrari flags are increasing.”
Montreal’s Lance Stroll continued to struggle in his inaugural F1 season. The Williams driver retired for the fourth time in six races.
Sebastian Vettel of Germany zooms by the yachts at the Grand Prix of Monaco on Sunday.